We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebekah Robeck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebekah, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was originaly born in California but I lived in El Salvador for three years, there my life was impacted greatly. I met people who were constantly living their lives with kindness and were excepting to everyone. The school I went to was an international school and so there were people from all over the world, this made it so that our community was built around inclusion. Everything I experienced in El Salvador impacted my life greatly and has made me who I am today. Moving back to Califoria the culture of kindness and inclusivity was not present on my school campus, having all these experiences in El Salvador caused me to want to change this. All of this has changed my life imensly and has given me Let’s Be KInd day, my non-profit that stemed from all of this.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Let’s Be Kind is a non profit that focuses on creating a student led culture of kindness on school campuses. We provide our t-shirt to schools to be able to pass out to all of their students, our t-shirt creates a sense of inclusivity on campuses. Let’s Be Kind grew from one act of kindness to a non-profit that will be spreading kindness to over 12 schools this year. THis year we have the unique honor of working with NEwport Beach and Costa Mesa as they have proclaimed the month of April as “Let’s Be Kind” Month for their cities.
It definitely was not easy to be where we are now it took a lot of time, patience, and faith between me and my mom, and an amazing team that has walked with us to help us grow and reach students. Over the past four years we have learned how our non-profit thrives and that took a lot of work form both of us. I personally have learned that communication is key to having a successful organization, it also helps when you have a partner that you already know and appreciate. I would like the world to know that Let’s Be Kind thrives to create a kind and inclusive culture on school campuses, we have seen and heard of so many situations where students have proven that Let’s Be Kind has changed the way they interact with their peers. In creating a student led culture of kindness our goal is to unify the campus. Unification is the act of kindness for all of us.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my friend to some of my fav spots in Costa Mesa. One starting at Playa Mesa for their amazing tacos and chips and guac because everyday should have tacos included! Then I would take then to Newport beach, not only is the beach beautiful it has so many things that you can do. My favorite is to take the fairy to Balboa island and there you can get baloa bar which are amazing, the beach also has a bunch of different activities you can take part in. Costa Mesa has been a huge support of Let’s Be Kind. I would take my friend by all the different sponsors that have helped bring kindness to students. THen I would take them by Costa Mesa City Hall to take a picture with me at the Let’s Be Kind sign infron tof City Hall. Our great city is celebrating Let’s Be Kind month this April and I would deffianetly want my friend to be part of it.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shout out my mom, Cristina Robeck. Without her my dream of spreading kindness would have never become what it is today. My mom supported my ideas and dreams and she made it possible for me to pass our T-shirts to every single person on my middle school side of my campus. From day one my mom has made sure that, even though I have to do my job as CEO of Let’s Be Kind, I am able to have time to do things like hang out with my friends and focus on school and everything that comes with being a teenager. I am honored to be able to call my mom my partner in a organization that is my passion.
Youtube: Let’s Be Kind Day
photos by Steve Cowell @stevecowell_photo (all photos except the one of me and my mom)